How to Make a Gift Box Out of Paper & $100 Jewelry Giveaway


Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  FREE printable template by

One of the first Mother’s Day gifts I remember giving to my mom was a circular pin I painted for her in my kindergarten class.  I remember thinking it looked fierce…until it dried.  Then, the pink paint took on an orangey hue and my brushstrokes looked more splotchy than artful.  And yet, you know what silenced my perfectionist insecurities?  The fact that my mom wore that pin like it was her most prized possession.  That’s just the kind of woman she is.  She still wears it to this day.  And sent me a photo of it to share with you all, so you can see the kindergarten pin in all its glory:

The Kindergarten Pin

So, for old time’s sake, I’m giving my mom another piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day this year, but this time, I get to spoil her a bit more.  How?  Well, so, you know Blue Nile?  Well, I used to think they just sold bling-tastic diamonds; but having had the chance to work on a campaign with them, I’ve discovered that they have quite the assortment of jewelry for under $100.  And I was able to find two gorgeous sets of earrings for both my mom and my MIL for Mother’s Day this year.  Wanna see?  ‘Cause I wanna show you!

Blue Nile boasts a gorgeous assortment of jewelry for under $100, perfect for Mother's Day!

One of my favorite sets of earrings by Blue Nile: flat love knot stud earrings, perfect for Mother's Day via

The nautical-lover in me was really drawn to the flat love-knot stud earrings.  Plus, it reminded me of one of my favorite wedding Bible verses: “A chord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Another gorgeous set of earrings by Blue Nile: ensemble links drop earrings, perfect for Mother's Day via

And then these ensemble links drop earrings just exude elegance, don’t they?  They’re even more sparkly and brilliant in person if you can imagine!  Perfect for a night on the town.

Now, since my two mamas are getting a major sneak peek at their Mother’s Day gift through this post, I won’t share which set of earrings is going to which lovely lady, so there is some element of surprise.  Mom L. and Mama C., you’ll just have to wait to see which beauty is tucked away in your gift box!

And speaking of gift box…I have a lil DIY tutorial to share with you all today.  But first…

Exciting Giveaway News!

I have two exciting giveaways to tell you about.  The first is taking place right here, right now!  One lucky Thinking Closet reader will win $100 credit to Blue Nile to spend however you like!  Whether you want to get your Mom something blingy this year, too, or perhaps a little something special for yourself…or both!  Just enter the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post to enter.

In addition, you all have a second opportunity to win some bling…but this one is on an even grander scale.  Blue Nile is hosting a Pinterest contest right now and the prize is a $3K diamond pendant!  Holy cannoli, right?  Click HERE for the contest details, which are super quick n’ easy (it took me 30 seconds to complete).  You just fill out a form, follow Blue Nile on Pinterest, and pin one your favorite Mother’s Day jewelry items to one of your boards.  (Oh, I’d fa-lip if a Thinking Closet reader won this one.)  Best of luck!

How to Make a Gift Box Out of Paper

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  FREE printable template by

Now, I couldn’t leave you without sharing a tutorial for a fun Flower-Tab Gift Box I made to accompany my Mother’s Day jewelry gifties.  Because as much as I love the little blue satchels, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some DIY paper boxes…and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!

I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel; however, you know me: I can never take the easy road.  So, I took the concept from Carolina Gonzalez’s jewelry boxes and made adjustments in size, height, and tabs to better fit my gifts and the occasion!

So, I actually made y’all a 15 second Instagram video showing this whole process, start to finish.  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is.

Right?  I told you it was easy!  And I’m going to make it even easier for you by giving you a free template to use to make your own.  And you don’t even need a Silhouette machine!  Here’s the quick run-down in photo form:

Step 1.  Download the free box template and cut your design. 

First things first: paper.  I worked with two kinds of 12″ x 12″ paper: very thin scrapbook paper (akin to printer paper in thickness) as well as *heavier specialty paper closer to cardstock thickness (approx. 65 lb).  The heavier paper definitely worked better.  It looked better, too, because it was double-sided.  But in a pinch, use what you’ve got!

Flower Tab Gift Box...made out of paper!  FREE template available for download at

Now, I have two FREE downloads for you all today, so we cover all our bases.  A free Silhouette cut file for those of you with a Silhouette or digital craft-cutter and a free pdf printable for everyone else!  (Note: these files are for personal use only and not for commercial purposes.)  Just click on the links below to download them from  I hope you can use them!

Silhouette users: the base of this box is approximately 2.75″ x 2.75″ and it’s about 2.75″ high; however you can resize it as needed.  Just remember to do a test-cut to confirm your blade settings are correct.  (Note: if using thinner paper, I recommend using an old mat that has lost a lot of its stickiness.)

Cutting the flower tab gift box templates...on a Silhouette machine or print-and-cut-with-scissors-style!  via

Printable instructions: the 2.2″ x 2.2″ base perfectly fits on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.  You can just print (with the printed lines on the inside of the box) and cut it out with a pair of scissors.  And the larger 2.75″ x 2.75″ size (featured in this tutorial) fits on 8.5″ x 11″ sheet in two parts.  So, you’ll just need to cut them out and tape them together as a stencil to trace onto a larger sheet.  An x-acto knife might be better suited to that task.

Step 2.  Fold the four edges of the box.  Simply fold up the four bottom edges of the box, aiming to perfectly align the folds with the cut edge so there are no gaps.

How to make a gift box out of paper via

Step 3.  Curl in your four walls.  Just use your hands to gently curl and tuck the walls inward, the 2 opposite walls at the same time.  This will help your box ease into its snug curved position.  If using thinner paper, you may even find that it helps to fold the two edges on the flower tab sides about halfway up.  If using heavier paper, this won’t be necessary.

How to create flower-tab gift boxes...out of paper!  via

Step 4.  Place your gift item at the base of the box.  I wrapped the jewelry satchel in some tissue paper and placed it center stage.  That confetti-style stuffing would be fun to use, too!

How to create flower-tab gift boxes...out of paper!  via

Step 5.  Close your box!  First grab the flower tabs so they meet in the middle.  Then, one side at a time, carefully slide the slits over the flowers to seal up the box.  And voila: your flower-tab gift boxes are all ready to be gifted!

How to create flower-tab gift boxes...out of paper!  via

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  FREE printable template by


Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  FREE printable template by

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  FREE printable template by

You can even tie a tag through the center of the flower, so you know who’s box belongs to whom!

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  Perfect for Mother's Day jewelry.  FREE printable template by

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  Perfect for Mother's Day jewelry.  FREE printable template by

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper!  Perfect for Mother's Day jewelry.  FREE printable template by

Can’t wait to send these goodies off to my mama and my MIL!  And to keep up with my tradition of gifting jewelry on Mother’s Day…upping the ante a bit thanks to Blue Nile while keeping that handmade touch I love so much.

$100 Jewelry Giveaway!

Annnnd, the exciting moment we’ve all been waiting for: the $100 gift card to Blue Nile!  And this one is open to my international readers, too!  Woot woot!  [Be sure to read the fine print below for a few shipping and currency notes.]

Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below and gain up to 10 entries today, and your first one is a freebie!  Just because.  This giveaway runs through 11:59 pm Monday, May 5th.  I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, May 6th on Facebook, as well as in this widget, so be sure to check back and keep an eye on your spam folder!

[You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is open to international entrants in any of the 45 countries to which Blue Nile offers shipping, and in US currency.  Click HERE to see if your country is included and to review shipping charges.  For some light reading, check out the rest of the giveaway terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget below.]

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Best of luck, friends!  And don’t forget to check out Blue Nile’s Pinterest Contest for a chance at that gorgeous rock pendant!  Go git it!

{Linking up here.}

Full Disclosure: I received free product from Blue Nile to facilitate this review and was compensated for my time; however, you can bet your bottom dollar that all opinions are 100% my own!  That’s how I roll.  The starred link is an Amazon affiliate link, meaning if you make a purchase after clicking through, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  For more policy information, click here.


Lovely comments so far...

  1. Tanya says

    Lauren those are BEAUTIFUL!!! I would love to win. I really like the knots. I think they look like flowers. I love flowers! Have a great day! HUGS!

  2. Mom L says

    I’m very excited to see what comes in that beautiful little package! What a cute idea for wrapping, and so easy! Thanking you in advance …. 😉

  3. says

    Holy cuteness, Lauren!! Perfect little packages for perfect little treasures!! And the Kindergarten pin??? You have me tearing up over her, missy. What a sweet story and a wonderful way to remember why we love those momma’s so much. xoxo

  4. Kasia says

    Absolutely love your blog and all the posts.
    And those gift boxes are just sooo cute.
    Cant wait to try them out

  5. says

    I love your mum! When my mum passed away I found a lace and pipecleaner butterfly I had made for her about 35 years before in her jewellery box. It was all yellow from the glue and the safety pin had fallen off the back but it was a lovely thing to find.
    Those little boxes are lovely. I am so pleased you have made a PDF for us Silhouette free crafters!
    Thanks so much, straight onto pinterest it goes!

    • Marmie/Lauren's mom says

      Julie, I am sorry your mum passed away. You obviously both loved each other very much! That lace and pipe-cleaner butterfly pin sounds amazing and what a gift back to you to find it in her jewelry box so many years later. We moms do treasure those gifts that are handmade by our children! I’ll have to think about how to recreate your butterfly pin with my pre-school Sunday School class as a craft project.

  6. says

    What perfectly unique little packages. I can’t wait till one arrives at our house to see which is which. What’s the music behind the little video? You knew I’d ask, right?

  7. Leslie Kiley says

    Love the cute little boxes but love what is in them even more! I haven”t had something just for myself in a long, long time. Single mom and all!

  8. Marmie/Lauren's mom says

    Lauren, I loved how you began with your precious kindergarten-mother’s day gift pin to reveal your 25- years-later mother’s day gift! You know I treasure that pin and always thought it was so artistic! I loved wearing it on my trendy (at the time) peach top and now wear it with blue colors. For instance, I think today is the perfect day to wear it!

    I am excited, along with Mom L., to see which of the beautiful earrings arrive in the adorable box that truly looks professional! I pinned this tutorial and already printed the pdf since I’m not a Silhouette owner yet. Thanks for sharing the printables and explaining about describing the thickness of the paper. The double-sided thicker paper looks great. The little Instagram video is so sweet and is reinforcement for us visual learners. Sending much love and gratefulness, Mama xxoo
    PS: Interested, along with your dad, to hear about the music you used in the video. Also I did write this (or something very similar) yesterday but I obviously failed to post it!

    • Marmie says

      I just made a little box (using your printable template) for a piece of handmade jewelry I made for Mor Mor for Mother’s day! The box is SO cute. I took a picture and will send you soon.
      The jewelry was made from white polymer clay…a small oval with my fingerprint on it…then the clay is baked for 15 minutes at 275 degrees after putting a hole in the top of the oval to insert the string for the necklace. If you want I can send you the link to the tutorial for the necklace. We used it today with my Toddler class, of course! Next week they’ll have a little giftie for their mommies. Not sure I’ll have time to make all of them one of your boxes, but at least Mor Mor is getting one! xxoo

  9. says

    Such cute gift boxes! I did not KNOW Blue Nile had other jewelry. Love the choices you made for your Moms… I adore that your Mom still has the one you made her. My step Mom still has a pencil holder next to her home phone that I made in 3rd grade. Now I’m not going to give my age..but I will share that I’m a grandmom! LOL

  10. says

    Oh my gosh that kindergarten pin is AWESOME and I especially love how your mom still has it! On top of that with the pretty earrings, awesome giveaway and FREE printable, this post rocks! Thanks for sharing at The Makers! Pinned and about to go enter the other giveaway {fingers crossed} :)


  11. says

    There really isn’t anything you can’t do with your Silhouette! The gift boxes are adorable, and you picked some beautiful pieces for your mom and MIL! Also, how cute are the Blue Nile bags? It’s just a bundle of beauty :)

  12. says

    I love your sweet Kindergarten pin. As a former Kinder teacher, it brought back memories of all of the gifts my kiddos made for mom for her special day. Your teacher did a nice job of picking a project a 5 year old could make into something beautiful. I love your box printable. I have pinned it. I want to try making a box like this for my little Christmas shop on Etsy. Thank you for sharing.

    • says

      Oh, I LOVE hearing your thoughts on the pin from the perspective of a Kinder teacher! You’re right: it was definitely a project that was do-able for us at the time and something that our Moms could really appreciate and use. Thanks for the Pinterest pin, too! Oh, and you could totally adapt this project for Christmas boxes. In fact, that gives me an idea for a future post…. Thanks, Kathi!

  13. says

    I clicked as fast as I could when I saw you over at “LiveLaughRowe” linkup. Some might say I am paper freak (in the nicest way possible) and definitely a letter loving gal, so your cute little paper boxes had me from the word ‘paper.’ Lovely. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  14. says

    Gorgeous box to accompany a gorgeous story :D! I was wondering if there was any way to change the flower to a heart. My daughter;s birthday is before valentines day and we are doing a valentines day theme. These would be perfect!


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